Bernard Lewis, who has earned almost every honor an historian of the Middle East can hope to accumulate, confessed at a dinner celebrating his career:
“At 96 years old I use a cane, need hearing aids and take naps. I eat less and weigh more. I have deteriorated physically and even mentally. There is an Israeli expression, ad meahv’esrim, till 120. Some say ad meah k’esrim, till 100, like 20. That sounds better.”
Madatech in Haifa and Bloomfield Museum in Jerusalem offer kids hands-on and high-tech fun.
In a classroom of
Madatech, the Israel National Museum of Science, Technology & Space, in the center of Haifa, an elementary school class from a nearby Israeli Arab village was listening to a lecture about chemistry by a museum staff member one recent morning, while a senior citizen from the former Soviet Union was showing his grandson an exhibit about energy in another room.
Haifa’s Dan Carmel marking its Jubilee year with $12.5 million makeover.
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As it approaches its
Jubilee year, the first five-star hotel in Haifa is in the midst of a $12.5 million makeover. The Dan Carmel’s facelift, which is scheduled to be completed for its 50th anniversary in March, is taking place as tourism in Israel’s north is booming.
According to Adi Maor, the Dan Carmel’s general manager, the number of Israeli and foreign tourists visiting Haifa has jumped by 200 percent in the last five years.
With a growing French community in Israel comes a chance to sample some French culture.
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Netanya, Israel — On
a street off Independence Square, storefronts advertise “La Creperie Galette,” “Nouvel’hair” and “Agence Immobiliere.”
Families lounging under parasols at café tables chat in French and enjoy a sunny afternoon. Nearby, the Mediterranean waves lap up against tranquil beaches.
But in the local language, Independence Square is called not La Place de L’Indépendance but Kikar Ha’atzmaut. And this scene takes place not in Nice or Cannes but in Netanya, a coastal Israeli city about halfway between Haifa and Tel Aviv.
From wine tastings to lounges with a view (and massive TVs for the Olympics), Israeli hoteliers looking to lure last-minute summer travelers.
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The “Wow!” effect.
With the summer travel season getting into high gear, that’s what Israeli hotel managers are trying to create for their ever-more-sophisticated foreign tourists.
“It really wasn’t that long ago when a chef in an Israeli 5-star hotel could serve up boiled chicken on a fancy plate to American tourists on Shabbat and receive a round of applause,” quipped a veteran chef, who has worked at some of the finest hotels in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.
San Francisco — That icon of all icons, the Golden Gate Bridge, is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, so I happily used the occasion to revisit this engineering masterpiece, which links San Francisco with Marin County.
Making a couple of days of it, I combined the visit with things to see and do within easy range of the famous span, whose unique “International Orange” color glimmers in the western sun.
I have found Jewish outcroppings and history in Shanghai, Mumbai, and Johannesburg. But when I recently headed for South America, speaking on a cruise, I didn’t know what to look for when I got off the ship in Chile.
You see, I’ve got this obsession to find Jewishness in places you really don’t expect. What I didn’t anticipate was, in a country with only 20,000 Jews, I’d have some memorable, offbeat Jewish experiences.
Ayer’s Cliff, Quebec — Winter in Quebec’s woodsy Eastern Townships can mean sleigh rides and a cozy corner by the fire with a good book. Or perhaps, for the more adventurous, ice fishing. Americans have been crossing the border into Quebec since Loyalists moved here when the United States declared its independence from England.